One solution that I've heard of is taking your dipstick to your local welding shop and having them sandblast the lower portion of the stick, from the Full mark on down. The matte finish then seems to make it easier to see the oil against the matte background.
K-9s teach the suspect that if you run...you'll only be arrested tired.
A little trick a motorcycle mechanic taught me for hard to read dipsticks is a little white touch-up paint or nail polish on the crosshatched area of the dipstick to see the oil level to provide contrast against the used oil.
What I usually do if possible is to do a cold check before starting the engine to see if there's enough oil to safely start. Then do a "hot" check when you're getting gas after a minute of standing.